The Mentoring Partnership is one of TRIEC’s proudest accomplishments because it has proven to be a successful strategy to get skilled immigrants closer to meaningful employment. Employers tell us that mentoring provides their staff, who volunteer as mentors, with relevant insight into cross-cultural communication for their increasingly diverse workplaces.
The program brings together recent skilled immigrants and established professionals in occupation-specific mentoring relationships. Now operating for over six years in the Toronto Region, we’ve facilitated close to 1,000 mentoring relationships between skilled immigrants and established Canadian professionals each year.
The Mentoring Partnership brings together employer and service delivery partners to facilitate mentoring matches for skilled immigrants. Employer partners promote the mentoring opportunity internally to staff and identify suitable, qualified volunteer mentors. Service delivery partners deliver the program by matching mentors with skilled immigrants and supporting the mentoring relationship over four months.
Since the launch of the program, over 50 organizations have offered The Mentoring Partnership to their staff as a volunteer opportunity to enhance their leadership and coaching competencies, and develop their cross-cultural skills. Both employer partners and individual mentors praise the program for its ability to provide these learnings and ultimately, create change in immigrant integration.
Read about the 30 active employer partners in 2013-2014.
Learn more about TRIEC’s Mentoring Partnership.